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Posted: Thursday, January 24th, 2013 9:17 AM HST

Molokai fisherman to receive conservation award

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A fisherman and conservationist is being honored for a lifetime of work protecting Molokai's northern coast.

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Pacific Islands Region will present Mac Poepoe with the 2013 Umu Kai Award on Thursday in Kaunakakai.

The award is presented to a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner who invokes the spirit of traditional fishing practices and management while adapting to modern fishing environments.

Poepoe created a localized guide on the life cycles of fish of Moomomi, Molokai. This inspired communities on Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii islands to develop similar calendars and adopt some other Poepoe approaches to conservation.

In previous years, the award has gone to navigator Nainoa Thompson, Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairman William Aila and charter school principal Mahina Paishon-Duarte.

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